2002 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Representative Scott (80th)

House Resolution 10

(As Adopted by House)


     WHEREAS, Mr. Lester Brown, an internationally known speaker, consultant, author, and radio and television personality is one of the most sought after speakers in the world; and

     WHEREAS, as a resident of Seattle, Washington, Mr. Brown has continuously captured the attention of his audiences worldwide through his dynamic and entertaining approach to speaking, while demonstrating a great deal of compassion for the needs of his listeners; and

     WHEREAS, uniquely gifted, Mr. Brown grew up in the impoverished climate of Detroit's ghetto, living a turbulent and somewhat unpredictable life, only to surmount the obstacles and hindrances of his early circumstances; and

     WHEREAS, Mr. Brown, through attending an international education organization's program, discovered the potential necessary to change his life, and arming himself with that information studied for and received his high school diploma later in life; and

     WHEREAS, studying psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Brown affiliated himself with the same international organization that had presented the program that had dramatically changed his outlook on life; and

     WHEREAS, in 1979, Mr. Brown was selected to serve on a committee designed by President Jimmy Carter to assist with the Phase-Out Treaty of the Panama Canal Zone, and in 1980, he was nominated as an Outstanding American Citizen for his service to the community; and

     WHEREAS, Mr. Brown has been a consultant and trainer to several Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Baxter Corporation, US West, GMC, GTE and Intuit; has worked extensively with industries and organizations in the private sector, as well as governing bodies in the public sector both in our country and in Europe; and presently works with some of the top athletes and teams such as the United States Olympic Track and Field Team, the United States Olympic Committee, the Oakland Raiders and many other professionals in the National Football League; and

     WHEREAS, Mr. Brown, as vice president of L. L. Brown International, has taught, inspired and personally touched the lives of millions with his incredible message of how to live life full of courage, belief and power; and

     WHEREAS, using his life as a beacon, Mr. Brown has helped his audiences make promising life-changing decisions by sharing the transformation of his life of chronic disaster and illiteracy to a life of educational success and prosperity; and

     WHEREAS, Mr. Brown has a passion for life and a passion to help people change by sharing a message that transcends age, social class, race and gender; and

     WHEREAS, chosen as an orator for the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus' Foundation for Education and Economic Development, Inc., Annual Banquet, on January 31, 2002, Mr. Brown will elaborate on the theme "Bridging the Gap - Linking Communities and Resources"; and

     WHEREAS, it is the policy of the House of Representatives of the State of Mississippi to recognize and commend excellence in such an outstanding and exemplary individual as Mr. Lester L. Brown, whose life story has positively altered the lives of many worldwide:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend Mr. Lester L. Brown on his many achievements as a successful motivational speaker, bid him our warmest welcome to the State of Mississippi and express our heartiest wishes for success in all his future endeavors.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to Mr. Lester L. Brown and to the members of the Capitol Press Corps.